Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright was not a fantasy star this season, but he was finding some value as a good possession receiver in a points-per-reception league. Unfortunately, any shot he had at relevance was taken away when he suffered an elbow injury during Sunday's loss against Chicago.
Through Week 9, Wright led the Titans in receptions (42) and targets (67) and is second in yards (381). His 9.1 yards per reception is just fifth on the team among players with at least 10 catches.
#Titans WR Wright said he got X-rays on elbow, but was allowed to return to sidelines after getting taped. Doesn't plan on missing a game.— John Glennon (@glennonsports) November 4, 2012
However, an elbow injury is something that can wreak havoc on what a wide receiver is capable of doing, depending on the severity of it. Wright appeared to be in a lot of pain when he went down, though in the moment, a lot of things can look worse than they are.
But for a wide receiver, you have to be able to stretch your arms out, go over the middle without inhibition and be able to make plays by going up to get the ball. Wright could have some trepidation moving forward because of his injury.
Whenever a wide receiver starts thinking too much about making the play, it prevents them from actually, you know, making plays.
Wright's value was already limited because of the way the Titans use him. He doesn't get asked to make plays down the field, so he has to rely on his ability to get yards after the catch. He does that very well, with 171 yards coming after getting the ball in his hands.
But unless you had him in a PPR league, Wright was always going to be relegated to bench or waiver-wire duty. This injury just shines a light on what a poor job the Titans have done of fully integrating his skills into their offensive game plan this season.
Some of that can be attributed to the Titans' general lack of offense, but whatever the problems are, it doesn't excuse the fact that Wright is supposed to be a playmaker down the field and doesn't get asked to do that.
The elbow injury will hold down what little fantasy value Wright held for the final eight weeks of the season. Eventually he will grow into a starting receiver for owners to take notice of, it just isn't here right now.
If you are in a keeper league, by all means, take a chance on Wright for what he could be in a couple of years. For everyone else, scour the waiver wires for other options to provide immediate impact.